Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe. Moldova is a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. It is, among other organizations, a member state of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe etc. Its capital city is Chi?in?u.
It is located geographically at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic and other cultures, Moldova has enriched its own culture adopting and maintaining some of the traditions of its neighbours and of other influence sources. Among Moldova's most prominent composers are Gavriil Musicescu, ?tefan Neaga and Eugen Doga.
Soroca Fort is a historic fort in the Republic of Moldova. The original wooden fort, which defended a ford over the Dniester (Moldovan/Romanian: Nistru), was an important link in the chain of fortifications which comprised four forts (e.g. Akkerman and Khotin) on the Dniester, two forts on the Danube and three forts on the north border of medieval Moldova. Between 1543 and 1546 under the rule of Petru Rare?, the fortress was rebuilt in stone as a perfect circle with five bastions situated at equal distances.
The city has its origin in the medieval Genoese trade post of Olchionia, or Alchona. It is known for its well-preserved stronghold, established by the Moldavian Prince Stephen the Great (Romanian: ?tefan cel Mare) in 1499.
Moldovan cuisine is a style of cooking related to the people of Moldova. It consists mainly of traditional European foods, such as beef, pork, potatoes, cabbage, and a variety of cereal grains.
Traditional for the Moldovan cuisine are dishes combining diverse vegetables, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, aubergine, cabbage, beans, onions, garlic, and leek. Vegetables are used in salads and sauces, and they are baked, steamed, pickled, salted, or marinated.
Meat products hold a special place in traditional Moldovan cuisine, especially as an appetizer or the first course. Chicken soup with meat, known as ciorb?, is very popular. Roasted and grilled pork, beef meatballs, and steamed lamb are common. Meat and fish are often marinated and then grilled.
Chisinau is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. Chisinau is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova and its largest transportation hub. As the most economically and socially important municipality in Moldova, the city has a broad range of educational facilities.
Chisinau, as well as Moldova as a whole, still show signs of ethnic culture. Signs that say "Patria Mea" (English: My homeland) can be found all over the capital. While few people still wear traditional Moldavian attire, large public events often draw in such original costumes.
In Chisinau there are several museums. The three national museums are The National Museum of Ethnography & Natural History, the National Museum of Arts and the National Museum of Archaeology & History.